T-Change (Download) by Jeff Prace $4.95
Running time: 6 minutes
Available at: http://shop.dananddave.com/magic-tricks ... prace.html
This is the first of two new downloads from that creative young whippersnapper Jeff Prace. Here, Mr. Prace offers a color change.
The production quality of the video is good and the tone is consistent with what we have come to expect from Dan and Dave. You know, young, cool, street-ish. Fittingly the video was shot in the stairwell of a building.
Mr. Pace does a fine job of teaching the method, which he tells us was inspired by the work of Ed Marlo and Bebel.
A card is freely selected and lost in the deck. The performer flips the top card of the deck face-up onto the face-down deck, displaying an indifferent card. He removes the card, raises the deck to a vertical position with its back toward the crowd, and inserts the card face-up halfway into the deck.
Then he changes his mind and says that he wants to insert the card deeper into the deck. He lowers the deck to a horizontal position, removes the indifferent card from the rear and reinserts it into the deck.
He raises the deck to a vertical position and shakes it. The indifferent card instantly and visibly changes into the selected card. The performer removes the selection from the deck and hands it to his participant.
The method is a bit angley. Its best to perform the effect head-on and your right side is vulnerable.
The deck ends up dirty. Mr. Prace offers a superficial description of a clean up technique to be done on the off beat.
On an abstract level, I like the idea of his method. But in the concrete world of performing, the method leaves much to be desired.
The procedure of inserting the indifferent card into the deck, changing the decks orientation, removing the card, reinserting it and changing decks orientation again just looks bad.
If you click on the link above and watch the promotional video, youll see that the removal and reinsertion of the card is not shown. Leaving the gedinta (As Harry Lorayne used to call it.) out of the video makes for a misleading depiction of the effect.
Given this unpleasant handling, the best outcome that the performer can hope for is that the crowd will perceived him as being indecisive, unrehearsed, or unskilled.
The worse and more likely outcome is that the mob, if theyre sentient, sober and paying attention, will correctly conclude that he executes the suspicious, inelegant handling because the method demands it. It doesnt matter if they cant describe the method. Their mere awareness that something sneaky happened is enough to undermine the magic.